By Megan R. Wilson - 01/22/14 10:05 AM EST
The trade association for electronic cigarettes is opening an office in Washington.
The Electronic Cigarette Industry Group (ECIG) announced Wednesday the new office would be led by J.P. Moery, a former Chamber of Commerce vice president, who will serve as the managing director of the new group's D.C. office.
“I’ve been involved with diverse industries for most of my career and rarely witnessed one with so much promise and so many challenges,” Moery said in a statement. “We’re proud to be associated with a product that offers millions of smokers an alternative to the combustible cigarette.”
The Florida-based e-cigarette group has been expanding rapidly as federal regulators eye tough rules for the products and cities nationwide have been banning them. The Food and Drug Administration has been moving to bring e-cigarettes under its purview.
“ECIG is extremely pleased to have The Moery Company help manage our affairs in the nation’s capital,” said Eric Criss, the group’s president and chief executive. “Their team offers unrivaled expertise in building and managing national trade associations.”
ECIG represents the entire e-cigarette industry, including manufacturers, importers and distributors.
The group “advocates for reasonable regulation of electronic cigarettes and supports laws that prevent minors from accessing them,” according to its website. “ECIG is working with manufacturers, importers and distributors of electronic cigarettes to ensure fair, balanced state and federal regulations and provide compliance assistance to members.”
Last fall, the e-cigarette group hired Charles Connor, former American Lung Association president and chief executive officer, as a consultant. His role is to connect ECIG to the public health community, the group said in a release about his hire.
It also hired Bryan Haynes, a partner at law firm Troutman Sanders, who specializes in tobacco policy, to lead its government affairs department.